Craig Harrison insists his players are confident they can get the result they need at Torquay United this weekend to push them ever closer to the top seven in the National League.
The table is one of the most congested in recent history with just eight points separating 14th-placed Pools from the top and Harrison wants his team to take advantage of that on Saturday.
New Torquay boss Gary Owers was boosted in midweek when The Gulls claimed a first away win of the season at Ebbsfleet United but they remain second-bottom.
However, Harrison has insisted that Pools can’t afford to take any game lightly but admitted that they can approach the weekend with confidence on the back of seven wins from twelve.
“We have a fantastic away record so we’re looking forward to it,” he told Pools PlayerHD during a training session at Aston Villa en route to Torquay on Friday.
“Ideally, we would have a few more points on the board and be higher up the table but we have a good group here and they’re very, very positive going in to every game.
“We have had two reasonably good performances without getting the result we would have liked or deserved – especially against Tranmere – but we’re in a good position to go to Torquay and win the game.
“It will be tough, every game is because there’s lots to play for due to the nature of the league and how tight it is – even the teams at the bottom can be up near the play-offs if they put three or four wins together.
“It’s a competitive league but we are going to do everything we can to get three points on Saturday and hopefully that will put us a little closer to where we think we should be.”